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Utah inventor says patented transmission can transform wind energy industry

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  • cjb Bountiful, UT
    May 13, 2011 12:28 a.m.

    Good news. With this, will wind power now be competative? Can old windmills be retrofitted?

  • My2Cents Kearns, UT
    May 13, 2011 4:05 a.m.

    I wonder why it took so long, we had these transmissions on jet aircraft for over 40 years and we call them CSD's (Constant Speed Drives) hooked in series with the jet engine and the electrical generators. Regardless of engine RPM the generators had constant stable electrical power output through a series of self contained oil/hydraulic pressure and gear controls.

    I always thought they were being used in these wind generators but apparently not. I had thoughts of buying a wind generator for personal use and now I'm glad I waited, now it may be a worthy investment and get rid of the Rocky Mountain Power crime syndicate. And wouldn't you know it, RMP is fighting the right to personally own a wind generator and many laws have been presented in Utah to stop selling them to home owners.

  • Screwdriver Casa Grande, AZ
    May 13, 2011 10:39 a.m.

    The smaller personal wind turbines don't need transmisions. They turn fast enough to use realtivly small generators and produce the desired voltages. The larger turbines turn so slowly a transmission is needed to speed up the generator, they just can't load the generator enough at 200 rpm.

    I'm not surprized there is a fight to have wind tubines. Turbines can supply most of a average home's power. Eddison and Ford planned for every home to have wind power way back and electric cars too. It was feasable then and certainly it is now.